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Summer Energy & Water Conservation Tips

ENERGY CONSERVATION

Prepare meals outdoors.  When you prepare meals in the oven and on the stovetop, a substantial amount of heat is generated, warming your home. The thermostat senses the rise in temperature and your ac system turns on. Consider cooking more meals outdoors on the grill. Not only will you save energy, you can have a great time with family and friends.

Dry laundry outdoors. The higher temperatures of summer can be of service. Air dry your laundry outside. You’ll save energy, your clothes will smell fresh, and the clothes dryer won’t be generating heat inside your home.

Water heater energy savings. Did you know that only your ac and heating systems use more energy than the water heater? Another point to ponder: your water heater runs and uses energy around the clock all year. Your ac and heating units probably don’t run 24/7/365, so turning back the water heater temperature on the thermostat to 120 degrees can save a lot of energy.

Seal up your home. Sealing air leaks in your home’s envelope helps reduce the cooling load on your ac system, making it one of the best energy savings tips for summer. Ensure the hatch or door to the attic is well sealed with foam weatherstripping. If you have drafty windows and doors, seal them with caulk and weatherstripping.

Schedule AC maintenance. If you want your ac to operate at peak efficiency, it needs to be serviced each year, one of the essential energy saving tips for summer. Schedule ac maintenance with your hvac contractor. Professional maintenance locates and fixes small problems before they become expensive problems, and it helps keep your home more comfortable for less money.

 

WATER CONSERVATION

Shorten shower time. Long showers are nice on those hot sticky days. However, too much water is not only bad for the environment but for your skin too. Trimming two minutes off your normal shower time can save 150 gallons of water per month. Avoid running the water while you brush your teeth or shave too.

When it comes to toilet use, flush when necessary. Check for leaks around the toilet and sink frequently. Replace if needed as leaks can cause a spike in both increased water usage and bills.

Wash clothes as needed. Stick to full loads. If possible, avoid unnecessary rinse cycles and use cold water.

Fill up the sink. Instead of running the tap, fill the sink with water and a small drop of cleaning liquid to clean dishes. Fill a bowl with water to rinse fruits and veggies.

If you’re using a dishwasher, only wash full loads. Don’t overdo it with detergent. Allow extremely dirty dishes to soak to cut down on pre-rinsing.

Recycle water. Do you have plants that need to be watered frequently? No problem. Use leftover water from the bowl you used to clean fruits and veggies or collect what gathers at the bottom of the tub during showers.

Cover pools. If you own a pool, keep it covered when not in use to prevent evaporation. Keep an eye on the water levels and refill when necessary. Excess summer rain can cause pools to overflow, so monitoring water levels is critical.

Car wash over washing at home. Did you know that handwashing your vehicle uses about 150 gallons of water? However, the car wash only uses about 50 gallons. If your car needs a good clean, let the professional car wash do it for you. Or wait for mother nature to do her part.

Maintaining your lawn. It’s vital to remember that grass does not need to be watered daily. One way to test this is to step on the lawn. If the grass springs back, then it is okay. Hold off on the mowing and allow your lawn to grow a little longer. Doing so will make it more drought-resistant, decrease evaporation, and possibly reduce how often you need to water.